What Are The Best Poodle Mix Puppies?

There are many different breeds in the dog world, and all come with individual perks and drawbacks. Chihuahuas, for example, are very loyal but, when it comes to outsiders, can be a royal pain. Many dogs are like this, with wonderful attributes mixed in with some that, frankly, can drive you a little crazy.

Among dog breeds, though, one stands out as more favored than the rest; poodle mixes. One of the most in-demand breeds of puppy is the poodle mix, and, boy howdy, there are quite a few poodle mixes out there. A Maltipoo, for example, is a mix of Maltese and Poodle (and one of the most popular of this crazy popular breed).

Why are poodle mixes so in demand? All you have to do is look at most poodle mixes to answer that question. They’re gorgeous! I mentioned the Maltipoo already, a genuinely beautiful dog that’s so darn cute and cuddly most people can’t stand it! The Schnoodle, Cockapoo, and Yorkiepoo are just as adorable, as are many of the other poodle mix breeds available for adoption today.

I was thinking about this very thing the other day after a reader connected me. She wanted my advice on picking a poodle mix for her mom, who was recently widowed and in desperate need of companionship. Her question was one I hear from time to time from people getting ready to adopt, namely, what are the best poodle mix puppies?

Now, to be perfectly honest, I told her I didn’t know the answer. For you, however, my dear reader, I’ve done some heavy research to come up with the answer, which is, it depends. It depends on your lifestyle, for example, and how much time you spend away from home every day. It also depends on many other factors, like having kids at home, living in an apartment, etc.

The simple fact is that there are many different poodle mix puppies out there. (Over 50!) They all have different qualities and traits that make them perfect for one family while not so great for another. So, again, it truly depends on the situation you have in your particular case. 

Now, since “it depends” is a rather lame answer, below, I’ve got a lot more information for you on the different poodle mixes and their particular doggy attributes and drawbacks. If you’re thinking of adopting a pood mix puppy, read on. The info below will help you make this critical decision and adopt a poodle mix that perfectly fits your family and lifestyle. 

One thing to keep in mind is that just because a poodle mix is on one list doesn’t mean it can’t be on another. For example, a poodle mix that’s great for first-time owners might also be perfect for families or seniors and vice versa.

Best Poodle Mix Puppies for First-time Owners 

If you’ve never had a puppy before, It’s imperative you purchase one that’s easier to handle, train and care for. Of course, all puppies and dogs take time, effort, and diligence to raise well, but some are decidedly more of a challenge than others.  The following poodle mix puppies are recommended for folks who’ve never been puppy parents before, including:

  • Cockapoo. (Poodle + Cocker Spaniel) Friendly, easy to train, and adorable, Cockapoos are also a lot of fun and perfect for first-time owners.
  • Labradoodle. (Poodle + Labrador)  Easily one of the most popular poodle mix breeds, Labradoodles are very social, highly intelligent, and naturally affectionate, making them perfect for people who’ve never owned a dog before
  • Goldendoodle. (Poodle + Golden Retriever). Easy to train, Goldendoodles are extremely intelligent and often used as guide dogs and service dogs. Typically they are everyone’s best friend and also very outgoing.

Best Poodle Mix Puppies for Families

When searching for a poodle mix for your family, it’s best to adopt one with a very low tendency to be aggressive. That being said, aggressiveness in dogs is typically due to the way they are raised. Still, you’ll want a poodle mix that has no problem being touched, pulled on, etc., because that’s what kids will do. The best poodle mixes for families include:

  • Bernedoodle (Poodle + Bernese Mountain Dog) Very affectionate and cuddly, a Bernedoodle is an excellent choice for families. They have no problem being hugged, touched, prodded, and pulled and also love going outside and doing fun activities with their family.
  • Cavapoo. (Poodle + Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) These relatively small dogs have huge personalities and are a lot of fun. They can be a little difficult to train, but they make excellent family pets and are very loyal once they are. 
  • Maltipoo. (Poodle + Maltese) Another small poodle mix, Maltipoos, are a fantastic choice for families as they are highly intelligent, easy to train, and love attention.

Best Poodle Mix Puppies for Seniors

Choosing a poodle mix as a senior typically means choosing one that’s smaller, obeys instructions well, and is relatively quiet and calm. Of course, it’s difficult to find any puppy that’s quiet and calm because, well, they’re puppies!  Still, the poodle mixes below are all good choices for seniors, including:

  • Bichon Doodle. (Poodle + Bichon Frise). Bichon Doodles are a perfect choice for seniors because they love being held, give a lot of affection, and have very few problems with aggression. They also love to entertain their humans by dancing and jumping around. However, they are prone to separation anxiety.
  • Chi-Poo. (Poodle + Chihuahua). Chi-poos are very popular for seniors because they’re extremely cuddly and friendly. However, one thing to note is that they can be very defensive of their owners and have problems with strangers. To reduce this tendency, it’s essential that you socialize your Chi-poo as much as possible.
  • Yorkipoo. (Poodle + Yorkshire Terrier) Yorkie-poos are adorable, tiny, and very affectionate. They also crave attention and get along well with almost everyone, including other small dog breeds. However, they can be quite vocal if they don’t get enough attention.

Best Poodle Mix Puppies for Apartments

Owning a dog in an apartment is tricky, No Doubt. First off, many apartments don’t even allow dogs. However, those that do typically have extreme rules about what puppies and dogs can and can’t do. That’s especially true when it comes to where you can take them to go potty.

Also, you have to remember you have very close neighbors. Adopting a vocal poodle mix (i.e., one that barks all the time) is probably not a good idea. The same goes for a poodle mix that has problems with separation anxiety. Some of the best poodle mixes for apartments include:

  • Yorkipoo. What makes a Yorkiepoo great for an apartment is that they don’t need extreme amounts of exercise. They care more about sitting on your lap and relaxing than anything else. They do, however, tend to bark if they don’t get enough attention.
  • Schnoodle (Poodle + Schnauzer). Schnoodles make excellent apartment dogs because they are relatively small and, typically, very calm. However, they do need a lot of activity, so be sure to have a park or other area nearby where you can take them for walks and playtime.
  • Shih-Poo. (Poodle + Shih Tzu) Incredibly loyal, Shih-poos are also a bit lazy and love to lounge around. That makes them perfect for apartment living. They also, surprisingly, make excellent guard dogs.
  • Bichon Doodle. Their tiny size makes a Bichon Doodle one of the best poodle mixes for an apartment.
  • Cockapoo. What makes Cockapoos great for apartments is that they have remarkable social skills and are incredibly intelligent.

Final Thoughts 

What are the best poodle mix puppies? Frankly, that depends on you, their puppy parent, and your lifestyle. The truth is, you can make any poodle mix work in any situation if you have the time, energy, and dedication to train them well. 

That being said, you probably wouldn’t want to adopt a large poodle mix breed if, say, you’re living in an apartment. The same goes for adopting a poodle mix that needs a lot of exercise. If you’re an immobile senior citizen or someone who works long hours outside of your home, your poor little puppy will not be happy about it.

Did you find today’s blog helpful? I certainly hope you did and that you now know more about poodle mixes than you did when you started. If you have more questions about puppies and how to care for them, please be sure to take a look at my other blocks. I try to pack them with as much helpful, real-world information as possible. That way, you’ll get excellent information and advice that will empower you to be the best puppy parent you can be!